New health centre a glimpse of future

Posted on October 1, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics |

Hornsey Journal | NHS Haringey | 1 October 2009

BRITAIN’S first polyclinic was officially opened by the health guru credited with devising the state-of-the-art hospitals.

Lord Ara Darzi, the former health minister and government advisor, launched the new Hornsey Central Neighbour-hood Health Centre in Park Road, Crouch End, on Friday, September 25.

The three-storey building now houses almost 20 different health services including GPs, an in-house pharmacy, dementia day care centre and drop-in sexual health and family planning clinic.

Lord Darzi said at the opening: “Three years ago together with other clinicians I set out a vision for the future of healthcare in London that would build a health system based around patients’ needs. Central to that vision was the idea that care would be provided in the most appropriate setting. That vision is now emerging as a reality in west Haringey.”

The £12million development is the first of four planned health centres to be built in the borough. Future services to be installed in Hornsey Central include blood test clinics, out-patient appointments, minor surgery, ultrasound and physiotherapy.

Residents will also be encouraged to organise their own “well-being” services from the building in a bid to forge strong ties with the community.

Patients can currently book doctors’ appointments between 8am and 8pm seven days a week.

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, also at the ceremony, said: “It’s been a long journey and a long campaign together with local people, but today we are finally standing here in this brilliant new facility for the west of the borough. This will bring wonderful health services to the community for many years to come, and is what local residents need and deserve. Hats off to all who made this come true- it was worth the wait.”

Richard Sumray, chairman of NHS Haringey, said the polyclinic was a glimpse of the future. He said: “An enormous amount of NHS resources are rightly focused on treating ill health but the key is really preventing ill health in the first place. Neighbourhood health centres will help empower people to make healthier lifestyle choices.”

Eco-campaigners also put forward their vision for a community orchard behind the hospital at the event.

If given the go-ahead the Shepherd’s Cot Meadow could become a haven for patients, residents and students to learn about sustainable food production.

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